Two weeks after the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado claimed 12 lives, another gunman opened fire today inside a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
At least seven people, including the perpetrator, were found dead at the scene, with Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt telling reporters that a wounded officer returned shots at the unnamed culprit and took his life, ending the massacre.
Four bodies were found inside the temple and three outside of it, including the gunman.
Darshan Dhaliwal, one of the temple’s leaders, said the final tally is unknown. As as the motivations of the shooter.
“Our dear ones and near ones are injured and hurt, and we are trying to find out what happened,” Dhaliwal told WTMJ.
The Sikh religion originated in northern India in the early 1500s and is comprised of approximately 25 million people around the world, 700,000 of whom reside in the United States. It’s unknown, of course, if the killer was specifically targeting members of the religion.
State Rep. Josh Zepnick, who represents much of the Milwaukee area’s Sikh community, told WTMJ he was “torn to shreds” by the attack.
“It’s a very peace-loving community that has successfully integrated and assimilated into the metropolitan Milwaukee area.”
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Wisconsin Shooting at Sikh Temple Leaves Seven Dead